8 Keys for Discerning How Families Function

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Idea: Give Away Valentine Cards

For a different spin on Valentine's Day for the group, I invited in a divorced single mom to lead them in an art project. Too often Valentine's Day has a focus on young love. I wanted to redirect that focus tow...

Devo: Sharing the Valentine’s Day Love

The Word Proverbs 2:1-11 (TNIV) "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insi...

Feeding Your Hungry Soul

I was reading through Arnold van Gennep's 1909 classic, The Rites of Passage, which argued that separation, transition and incorporation were three stages that mark the passage from childhood to adulthood and ...

Hard Times Roundtable

  In youth ministry, there’s no shortage of rough patches. You think you’ve got the lock-in planned, scheduled and effectively organized, and the location calls at the last minute and cancels your res...

Check Your Ego at the Door

Several years ago, I learned a lesson.  It's a hard lesson, and like most hard lessons, it hurt to learn, and it's a valuable lesson, and like most of the good lessons, I sometimes need to re-learn it.  So, i...

Tales from the Small Group

  I offered to just buy the coffee table from the host home family. Why, you ask? Because one of the small group members managed to discreetly carve his initials in it during our short stay in their hom...

Getting UnStuck

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. Minnesota winters are bad. Just imagine walking outside in the middle of January with - 15 degrees and 3 feet of snow. I had to learn how to successfully drive in snow and ice sto...